The Human Body by Tinybop

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Animated, interactive learning tool about the human body.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about bodily systems and senses and how they react to stimuli such as bug bites and tasty treats. Basic biology exploration can become more detailed if kids use the text label option. Kids also can learn to use technology to record their observations and thoughts on each model. The Human Body by Tinybop is a creative and interactive way for kids to learn about the human body. 

Ease of Play

On-screen models of the human body's systems include interactive play but no written or verbal directions (unless inserted by an adult with the recording tool). The icons are understandable but sparse. A text-label option increases learning with more information.

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Sexy Stuff

The urogenital system is available as an in-app purchase and includes labels for "vagina" and "penis."

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Consumerism

When parents create an account, the app asks for an email address "to let you know about new apps when they're available." Also, you can purchase the urogenital system for $0.99.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Human Body by Tinybop presents the human body's senses and organ systems as seven interactive, animated, layered models (an eighth is available as a separate purchase). There's very little direction -- no verbal or written instructions -- although there is a free downloadable guide within the app and on the Tinybop website with instructions and ideas on how to use the app effectively. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

THE HUMAN BODY BY TINYBOP lets kids get a peek inside the body with seven models that highlight important structures such as bones, lymph nodes, the heart, and the intestines. Kids can see how smelling flowers or being bitten by a mosquito sets off reactions that cause the brain to process sensory information. The heart beats, eyes synthesize visual information, and food digests. Kids can record audio observations or questions on each page.

Is it any good?

This series of interactive models is an up-close and relevant way for kids to learn the senses and systems of the body. Younger kids can simply use free play to see what happens when they tap, swipe, or move elements on the screen -- for example, eating food and brushing teeth. More advanced learners can read and learn formal names of body parts (such as "red blood cells" and "white blood cells") and record audio questions and observations. Kids who need more directed play may not feel comfortable and would benefit from a download of the free activity handbook. Beautiful models with creative interactivity help them learn about what's under the skin they're living in.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bodies and their parts. Offer younger kids guidance to help them make the real-life connection between abstract models and their own bodies.

  • Download the guide for more detailed instructions, ideas, and resources.

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